Dr. A.A.P. (Eep) Francken

  • Lecturer
  • Dutch language and culture

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2118
E-Mail: a.a.p.francken@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Centre for the Arts in Society, Oude Nederlandse L&C
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
P.N. van Eyckhof 4
2311 BV Leiden
Room number 2.04b

Fields of interest

Modern Dutch and Afrikaans literature


After obtaining my Doctorate on Multatuli, I started to focus on South African literature written in Dutch and in Afrikaans. South African Dutch literature forms a part of Dutch colonial and post-colonial literature which has been forgotten by readers and critics. A second focus of my studies is the ‘coloured’ writers: the authors from the ‘bruinmense’ population writing in Afrikaans.

Curriculum Vitae

I was born on 18 May 1948 in Zoetermeer. I completed the Gymnasium B at the Huygens Lyceum in Voorburg in 1966 and in 1974 obtained a Doctoraal degree in Dutch Linguistics and Literature at Leiden University, with distinction. From 1970 to 1974 I worked in the Dutch Department as an assistant to Professor H.A. Gomperts (Modern Dutch Literature). During the years 1973-1976 I was a secondary school teacher of Dutch in Leidschendam. Since that time I have worked in the Dutch Department at Leiden University. I obtained my doctorate in 1990 under the supervision of Professor Ton Anbeek. Both in 1995 and 2003, I was a guest lecturer in South Africa – at the University of Cape Town and at Potchefstroom University. In 2005, the South African Academy for Science and Arts awarded both Professor Luc Renders (Hasselt University, Belgium) and myself the Elisabeth Eybers research grant. I was offered membership by the Academy in 2007.


Aug.P. van Groeningen: Volledig werk, ed. Eep Francken. Amsterdam 1978.

Eep Francken, Em. Kummer, Dik van der Meulen en P. Spigt (red.): Over Multatuli. Amsterdam 1978-1990, 25 delen.

Eep Francken: De veelzinnige muze van E. Douwes Dekker. Amsterdam 1990.

H.A. Gomperts: Intenties 1-2-3, ed. Eep Francken en Herman Verhaar. Amsterdam 2003.

Eep Francken en Luc Renders: Skrywers in die strydperk. Krachtlijnen in de Zuid-Afrikaanse literatuur. Amsterdam 2005.

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